Windows 10: How can I remove old HDD, which has system partition on it? Solved

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  1.    29 Dec 2016 #11

    Have you considered cloning your current hard drive? With a utility like EaseUS todo backup free, you can clone your operating system and installed programs.
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  2.    29 Dec 2016 #12

    AndreTen said: View Post
    Hi AdamBlack and welcome to Tenforums

    I would install Macrium reflect (free) and transfer all necessary partitions from old drive to new one. Then you just have to replace drives.
    You can connect new drive with USB or just put it in your PC (on free SATA port) and after transfer you replace it.

    Edit: while doing this, it may be good to make backup of those partitions on external disk.
    Just did this on one system, and doing it on 2 more now.
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  3.    30 Dec 2016 #13

    Okay thank you! But after I moved my System Reserved P. to Drive 0, instead of being marked as active, my recovery partition is marked as active, so my (hopefully last) question is can I simply set the SRP as active and the Recovery as inactive? (I know only one active partition is allowed to be on one disk)
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  4.    30 Dec 2016 #14

    AdamBlack said: View Post
    can I simply set the SRP as active and the Recovery as inactive? (I know only one active partition is allowed to be on one disk)
    Yes.
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  5.    30 Dec 2016 #15

    --This comment is objectless now----
    (I thought there was a system error why it wasn't posted)
    Thank you! My (hopefully last) question is : After I moved the System Reserved Partition to Disk 0 with EasyBCD, instead of being marked as active, my recovery partition is active. So, can I simply mark the SRP as active and the RP as inactive? ( I know only one active partition can be on a disk).
    Last edited by AdamBlack; 30 Dec 2016 at 08:53. Reason: I didn't see it was posted before
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  6.    30 Dec 2016 #16

    Whatphoeb said: View Post
    Have you considered cloning your current hard drive? With a utility like EaseUS todo backup free, you can clone your operating system and installed programs.
    Not really, because on this HDD there is a win 7, which I don't need.
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  7.    30 Dec 2016 #17

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Yes.
    I did it, but the Recovery staid active, is this ok? Because I read only one active partition is allowed to be on one disk. And I cannot do anything with the Recovery, nor change it to inactive. Or should I make it inactive with CMD?
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  8.    30 Dec 2016 #18

    Can you post a new picture of you disk management? Shouldn't be any Recovery partition. Just system reserved

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  9.    30 Dec 2016 #19

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    This is how it looks after I did everything (made a new partition for System Reserved, moved the old SR to Drive 0 with EasyBCD, made the new SR active (It's the H drive))
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  10.    30 Dec 2016 #20

    Sorry for delay...

    This could be because Windows 10 System Reserved is bigger than that of Windows 7 (450 MB vs 100 MB). You should be capable to mark that partition inactive (first set no letter for that drive..)

    Did you restart system after moving system to Disk 0? Also try to remove disk 1 (old 160 GB) to see if Windows boot normally.

    Another powerful tool is Minitool partition wizard. You can install it or just make bootable drive, boot with it and delete 450 MB partition and extend that 100 MB to fill the available space.

    Edit: you can also run System repair from restarting Windows 10...
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